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Tim Tebow and Focus on the Family January 26, 2010

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So, yeah.  Abortion.  Recently Tim Tebow, golden boy of the University of Florida’a offense, has agreed to be in a Focus on the Family commercial that will air during the Super Bowl.  Surprisingly, I first read the story on the E! News website (way to go, entertainment news!).  To make things easy, I’ll recap the issue:  Tim Tebow and his mother, Pam, are going to talk about how Pam refused to abort him despite medical advice.  Women’s groups are pissed, and lobbying CBS to pull the ad.

Alright, so I might have already commented on abortion on this blog, but I’m going to do it again.  I have to say, I find the statements by the Women’s groups really, really disturbing.  It’s this comment that’s upsetting:

Citing the history of violence against doctors who perform abortions and the recent murder of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas, the letter continued pointedly: “We sincerely hope you do not want CBS associated with this brand of un-American hate.”

Now, I can understand this kind of anger if CBS is not allowing Pro-Choice groups to run advertisements during the Super Bowl.  I agree with equal representation; if CBS is trying to block pro-choice commercials…well, then, that’s a serious problem.  However, from the articles I’ve read, this doesn’t seem to be the case.  Instead, women’s rights groups are hissing about a “hate filled” agenda.  Also, it’s important to note that no one knows what this commercial says, except that CBS has released statements that the 30 second piece never uses the word “abortion,” though one assumes it talks about “choosing life” and “keeping babies.”

It’s the continued, sustained violent rhetoric that I have such problem with.  Not everyone who is pro-life is also a crazy, violent, murderous nutjob.  In the same way, pro-choicers are not all passive, peace-loving, non-agressive folk (you should you-tube pro-choice violence.  There’s a video of a pro-choice woman taking out a peaceful pro-life protestor).  The fact that organizations on both sides of the picket-line keep using incredibly divisive, incredibly charged language is dangerous, in my opinion.

Additionally, I hate it when people who are pro-choice act like the idea of keeping a baby is a terrible option.  In one of the articles, a women’s group basically gives CBS the big wagging finger of shame for aligning itself with a pro-life political stance (though, if CBS believes in all the commercials it airs, it also thinks Axe body spray is basically female supermodel attractant).  It seems to me that Focus on the Family–which, I’ll go ahead and say it, is mostly a nutball organization–is presenting another choice to women across the country.  They’re not saying don’t abort, but they are saying that there’s a choice for life.  I think that real feminists would put a certain amount of value on the power of knowledge.  There was once a time when women didn’t have the option for abortion at all; there was also a time when a women didn’t have the right to choose whether she kept or aborted her fetus.  In a world where women are still wrestling for equality with men, we should be focusing on educating our daughters, not polarizing them.  What a sad world it is when someone who gets unintentionally pregnant thinks she has to abort or has to keep the baby to term because that’s what she’s been taught.

The real loser here is the Super Bowl, really.  When the station cuts to break, I want to watch ads with dancing frogs, or people falling down, not get inundated with the same political mumbo-jumbo that I see every day.  Come on, CBS!  Do us all a favor and keep politics separate from football.

I’m Lovin’: Fake Facebooking January 22, 2010

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I know this is such a silly trend, but these made me laugh.  I’m posting a few I found on failbooking.com, but Slate regularly runs these too.


funny-facebook-burt and ernie

And my favorite, which is really too long to post here.

Happy New Year! January 7, 2010

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Wow, a new decade, huh?  I guess it’s time to get back into the swing of things…like blog posting.  Because, you know, what could be more important than that?  Really.

Anyway, I thought I’d start off by sharing this news story from the New York Times about H & M destroying clothing.  I have to say, I find this disgusting.  I sort of understand their theory–they don’t want crazy college students waiting until they dump their clothing to pick up $100 shirts for free.  But why dump the clothes in the first place?

This is particularly upsetting given the weather around here recently.  By tomorrow, the lows are supposed to be close to -10; Northwest Arkansas is scrambling to set up warming centers for the homeless and elderly.  Many times clothing can make the difference between freezing to death and living through the night.  H&M cutting up winter coats?  Good lord, there are plenty of organizations that would take the coats and then make sure that they were given to the poor.  It’s obvious that they couldn’t move the product anyway–their company is already eating that loss.  Geez, how hard would it be to give the clothes to a non-profit?  It would be so easy.

For shame, H & M.